New York industrial punk band Pop.1280 released their album Way Station on December 6th of last year via Weyrd Son Records. Written after their drummer and close friend, Andrew Chugg, left the band, they created an “exploration of new and disorienting sounds”. Matthew Hord added his knowledge of analog synth hardware to the mix and as it is said, the rest is history. The album is raw and is everything you would hope an industrial punk album to be.
We thought it was about time we found out more about what makes the band tick, so we asked them to pick three albums that have influenced their music. Ivan Drip, guitarist and synth player for the band answered with his picks below.
The album is available here: https://weyrdsonrecords.bandcamp.com/album/way-station
Nitzer Ebb – Ebbhead
This is probably not the best Nitzer Ebb album, but it’s my favorite. It’s the first one that I spent time with and it’s probably the one that had the biggest impact on me. I still own the cassette copy that I picked up for $2.00 in college. At the time I was listening almost exclusively to guitar based music and I picked this up at the suggestion of a friend who was much more into electronic/industrial/goth. I think this one resonates with me because of the variety of songwriting. Nitzer Ebb try many more styles and moods on this record than on, Belief, for instance. There are a few epic ballads like “I Give to You” and “Ascend.” Douglass McCarthy seems like he came into his own on this album and the vocals reach that next level. Sometimes there’s almost a slimely, lounge singer croon to his singing. Three of us from P. 1280 saw them when they came to New York earlier this year and it was amazing.
Husker Du – Zen Arcade
When I was in high school in Massachusetts there was a pretty active hardcore scene. I would go to the shows, but the music was pretty macho and boring. I preferred to listen to Nirvana and the Dead Kennedys. There was an english teacher at my high school who ran a guitar group after school where kids could come and he would help them learn songs. After helping me learn a bunch of Metallica or something he eventually got fed up and told me about the Minutemen, VU, and he brought in this double album. I had to find a friend whose parents had a record player and make him tape it for me as I couldn’t find it on CD. At this time Zen Arcade felt like I had discovered some secret that no one else knew about. I liked that there would be a punk song, an acoustic ballad, a tape loop experiment, a piano instrumental, then a hardcore song. In so many ways this was a gateway to me finding weirder music, but also I think it still informs how I think about albums.
Einstürzende Neubauten – Halber Mensch
This album has been on our minds for years. Neubauten’s use of metal percussion, power tools, and homemade instruments have inspired me throughout Pop. 1280, but mostly we have kept it limited to just using pieces of metal as drums. This album also has them sampling their sounds and creating some almost dance-tracks like on “Yü-Gung (Fütter Mein Ego).” This album also has them doing some of their most pop-oriented songwriting and bringing in some more traditional “rock instruments.” I still get excited hearing “Sehnsucht.”